Over 100 local volunteers descended on Loughshore Park beach in Jordanstown last week to take part in Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) Big Beach Clean-up. Loughshore was this years key beach event and was followed up by a Ballyholme beach clean in Bangor on Saturday.
The event is run in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and we all got stuck in and started collecting everything from wrappers, tin cans and pieces of rope to more unusual items such as pants, a car mat, a ‘For Sale’ sign and a Christmas bauble.
At Loughshore we collected more than 44 bags of rubbish (3265 items) weighing in at a staggering 390 kg.
The Ballyholme beach clean collected 21 bags and 221kg of rubbish!
The M&S Big Beach Clean-up is part of M&S’ Forever Fish campaign which is funded by the profits from the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S foodhalls. This year, activities will take place across 95 beaches and 45 canals in the UK ending on the 30th April.
Customers can find out more about the M&S Big Beach Clean-up at www.marksandspencer.com/plana and follow the event on twitter (@marksandspencer or search #beachclean) and facebook (www.facebook.com/marksandspencer)